IONA Demonstrates SOA with Artix Web Services at BEA eWorld

5/25/2004 - IONA® Technologies (NASDAQ: IONA, a world leader in high performance integration solutions for mission-critical IT environments, announced that it will demonstrate a live multi-platform and multi-protocol service-oriented architecture (SOA) at BEA eWorld 2004.

The demonstration gives attendees an opportunity to see how ArtixTM, IONA’s Web services integration technology, running in a BEA WebLogic ServerTM environment, can be used to effectively build and deploy an SOA that seamlessly brings together a variety of disparate middleware technologies into a coherent system. IONA will conduct demonstrations throughout the event at Booth #224.

“Today’s businesses are facing a number of integration challenges as they try and decide how to best make use of the heterogeneous IT environments that have evolved, and in which they have invested millions, over the years,” said Scott Devens, vice president of products, IONA. “This situation is especially prominent following mergers and acquisitions as organizations attempt to integrate unique and complex IT environments. More and more companies are looking at SOA as the preferred approach to maximize the return on their IT investments.”

IONA’s live demonstration illustrates how companies can use SOA now to create a consolidated customer view following merger activity. A series of five Artix-enabled backend servers each maintain a unique customer list and communicate via an assigned messaging transport -- CORBA®/IIOP, SOAP/HTTP or Tuxedo. Five dedicated clients running BEA WebLogic ServerTM access the backend servers to add new customers to their respective servers and at the same time obtain a comprehensive listing of all customers in a specified geographic location. This is accomplished regardless of which backend server holds the respective information.

“Talking about interoperability and standards is not enough in this currently very noisy IT market,” said Ronald Schmelzer, senior analyst with ZapThink, LLC. “IONA is clearly demonstrating its commitment to widespread interoperability in the organization and its capability to support Service-Oriented Architecture implementation in all its protocols and forms. IONA is showing that even companies with a significant IT investment in legacy systems and protocols can realize significant gains from adoption of SOA.”

About IONA
For more than a decade, IONA® Technologies (NASDAQ: IONA) has been a world leader in delivering high performance integration solutions for enterprise IT environments. IONA pioneered standards-based integration with its CORBA-based Orbix® product family. The ArtixTM product family, IONA's new generation of integration solutions, extends IONA's commitment to service-oriented industry standards, including Web services.

With its partners, IONA is the only company that can deliver NOW on the promise of service-oriented integration, making it possible for customers to achieve system longevity and agility at a significantly lower cost.

IONA's customers include Global 2000 companies in telecommunications, financial services, aerospace, and manufacturing, including AT&T, Verizon, BellSouth, Deutsche Telekom, British Telecom, Hong Kong Telecom, NTT, Credit Suisse, Merrill Lynch, Winterthur Insurance, Zurich Insurance and Boeing.

IONA is headquartered in Dublin, Ireland, with U.S. headquarters in Massachusetts and offices worldwide. For additional information about IONA, visit our Web site at

IONA, IONA Technologies, the IONA logo, Orbix, High Performance Integration, Artix, Mobile Orchestrator and Making Software Work Together are trademarks or registered trademarks of IONA Technologies PLC and/or its subsidiaries. J2EE is a trademark or registered trademark of Sun Microsystems, Inc. in the United States and other countries. CORBA is a trademark or registered trademark of the Object Management Group, Inc. in the United States and other countries.

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